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5k Walk/Run and Celebration, September 8th

"Join the Voices of Recovery ... It's Worth It" is the theme of the 2012 National Recovery Day. In Utah County, September 8 has been set aside to commemorate those who have struggled to overcome addictions to drugs and alcohol. The morning kicks off with the first annual Addict II Athlete 5k Walk/Run at 9 a.m. at Highland Glen Park (4800 West and Knight Ave, Highland). Open to everyone, this run is dedicated to those who still suffer, those who have lost their lives, and those affected by addiction. Registration is FREE and information is available at www.AddictIIAthlete.org or by calling 801-319-7218.

From 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday evening there will be free food, entertainment, and activities held on the Utah County Historic Courthouse grounds (corner of Center Street and University Avenue in Provo). The public is invited to help celebrate recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, learn methods of prevention, and join in paying tribute to those who have and continue to work hard to become clean from drugs and alcohol. For more information about the event and activities in Utah County and other locations around the state, please see www.UtahRecoveryDay.com.

AddictIIAthlete 5k run/walk, Sept 8

Recovery Day, Sept 8

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Recovery Day is a national celebration for those that overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol. The Utah County Recovery Day Celebration will be held on September 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Utah County Historic Courthouse grounds (corner of Center Street and University Avenue in Provo).

"This is held as a tribute to those who have fought long and hard to become clean," said Richard Nance, Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment. "The national theme this year is 'Join the voices of recovery, it's worth it.' This event celebrates all those who take those steps and continue to do those things stay clean. And can tell you first hand, it is worth it."

Open to the public, the Recovery Day Celebration will offer free food, entertainment, kid's activities, prize drawings, education and support. "One of the first things anyone suffering from addiction must learn is that they are not alone, and there is a network of individuals out there willing to help them," said Nance. "These may be organizations like treatment centers or programs, but they are also family members and friends who want their loved one back."

More than 22 million people in the United States have been classified with substance use disorders in the past year, and an estimated thirty thousand people in Utah County alone are affected by addiction. Utah County Recovery Day is the Fourth Annual recognition of similar nation-wide events. Recovery Month stresses that everyone has a fundamental and inherent value to be accepted and treated with respect, human dignity, and worth. The observance also educates people about the impact and effectiveness of prevention and treatment.

Organizers would like to thank the following sponsors and donors for the day's events: Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment; Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness; Addict to Athlete; United Way; 7-11, Provo; Addiction & Psychological Services; Center for Women and Children in Crisis; Alcoholics Anonymous; Alliance Clinical Services; Alpine Treatment Hospital; ATR Funds; The Busy Biddy; BYU Comprehensive Clinics; Cocaine Anonymous; Community Food Co-op of Utah; Community Health Connect; Coneys Frozen Custard; Convicted Ink; Discovery House; Family Support and Treatment; Grandfamilies; Hobby Town, Orem; House of Hope; Housing Authority of Utah County; Lamour Nails; Life Enhancement Center; Mountainland Head Start; New Roads Affiliated Family Treatment; No Excuse for Abuse; Papilion House; Planet Fitness; Planned Parenthood; Project Reality; Provo Canyon Behavioral Hospital; Provo Early Education Program; The Quarry; Ruby River, Provo; Sizzler, Provo; Spectrum Living; Sportsman's Lights; STEPS Recovery Center; Turning Point; Utah County Women, Infants and Children; Utah Family Voices; Utah State University Extension Services; Vantage Point; Wasatch Mental Health; and XBX Equine.

The Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment is responsible for prevention, treatment, and early intervention programs for both youth and adult citizens of Utah County. For information on UCaDDAPT programs or services, please visit www.UtahcountySubstanceAbuse.org or call 801-851-7127.


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